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‘Vital and unheralded’: Manchester homeless charity celebrates 35 years with award ceremony

By Adam Ryder

A Manchester-based learning and skills charity markied their 35th anniversary by handing out awards to their volunteers today.

Back on Track works with adults going through a period of relocation due to homelessness, addiction or offending behavior of long term mental ill-health.

The celebrations were held in their training centre, on Swan Street, where volunteers help learners in the classroom and help run the charity.  

Councillor Sue Murphy, representing Manchester City Council, one of the key funders of Back on Track, presented an award and said: “They have been doing vital, often unheralded, work for the past 35 years helping people through troubled times to the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Chris, a volunteer award winner, said: Volunteering is so rewarding and it’s really improved my confidence.

“I have been addicted to drugs for fifteen years but I’ve not used for four months now and volunteering is contributing to keeping me clean from drugs.”

The charity provides easy access education courses, information, mentoring and work experience to disadvantaged adults.

The charity has over 40 volunteers and particularly helps ex-offenders into volunteering to help them find a job and a more positive future.

David Fisher, chief executive of the charity, said: “So many of our service users want to give something back to the local community.

“We think it’s important to practice what we preach and provide meaningful volunteer opportunities within Back on Track as well as supporting our learners into other local organisations.”

For more information on Back on Track visit www.backontrackmanchester.org.uk

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